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Board Vice President

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Nina Deerfield



  • British Institute of Homeopathy
  • Studied Political Science and Education, University of Minnesota
  • Montessori College, London

Elected Office

  • 2016 Trustee, Palomar College Governing Board

Professional Career

  • Newspaper Publisher, Editor
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Yoga, Tai Chi Teacher

Professional Organizations/Associations

  • Community College League of California (CCLC)
  • Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
  • Honorary Chairperson of Guang Ping Tai Chi National Association

Personal Information

Born in New York City, educated in Minnesota and London. Deerfield has resided in Escondido since 1988. She is active in the LGBTQ community and enjoys teaching Tai Chi and other forms of restorative exercise in north San Diego County. Her volunteer work both in the states and abroad has centered on helping others who are less fortunate. In 2006 Nina Deerfield (as Nina Hopkins Sugawara) was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame - Recognizing Excellence in Martial Arts (Life Achievement Award).